Honoring Ima

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  • Julie Drillings of Chester with her son, Mathew, 10 and daughter, Hannah, 12, as they sip freshly squeezed lemonade and wear “Ima" necklaces.

  • Elyse Stock of Highland Mills with her son Ben, 10.

  • Jessica Axler of Highland Mills and her son, Aiden, 9, squeeze lemons.

  • Yasmine Kalkstein of Monroe designs a necklace with her daughter, Sivan, 6.

  • Lauren Greenbaum, of Monroe and her daughter Samantha, 7, enjoyed freshly squeezed lemonade that they made for one another.

  • Heidi Leonard of Washingtonville with her daughter, Haley, 9, and son, Owen, 4.

— Mothers and students beaded, giggled, squeezed, hugged, and otherwise celebrated on Mother’s Day at Chabad Hebrew School in Chester, directed by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston.

The school hosted an “Honoring Ima" party ("Ima" means mother in Hebrew). Students and their mothers designed key-chains and necklaces, and wrote and decorated “Love-a-Grams” that were delivered with candy. In the “Ima Lemonade Exchange," mothers and children made freshly squeezed lemonade for one another, decorated with fresh floating fruit and mini umbrella toothpicks.

“Mother’s Day is an opportune time to teach children the Jewish values of honoring one’s parents, which is the fifth of the Ten Commandments,” said Chana Burston, who, together with her husband, Rabbi Pesach, direct the Hebrew School.

“Overall, the goal was for students to reflect and appreciate how much their mother does for them and spend quality time together,” added Rabbi Pesach Burston,

Editor's note: Photos courtesy of Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston.

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